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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Center Examines Three Northern Right Whale Dolphin Carcasses

Photo: Jim Scarff

On May 22, five northern right whale dolphins were discovered, stranded on Santa Rosa Island, 35 miles southwest of Santa Barbara.  Dr. Frances Gulland, from The Marine Mammal Center, worked in conjunction with NOAA to lead a team of scientists to perform necropsy's on three of the carcasses to try to determine cause of death.  It may be months before the team will know what caused these dolphins to strand in this unusual mortality event.  You can read more about this at this link.

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